Tamil Nadu has on Monday entered the extended phase of the lockdown which will be in place till June 14. The government has announced that it will be strictly enforcing the lockdown in eleven districts of the state where the COVID-19 cases are surging. In relief, Chennai is not on the list of eleven most affected districts as the sequel of the decline in fresh cases of the pandemic in the capital.
Chennai has been displaying a sign of potential battle to curb the virus spread for the past few days due to which the government has relaxed some of the restrictions. While most of the zones in the city are reporting a decline in fresh cases, one zone is struggling to bring the pandemic under control. According to data released by the Greater Chennai Corporation, the number of fresh COVID-19 cases in Chennai has been dropping in all zones except Royapuram in the last week.
In a fighting alone task, Royapuram has reported a surge in the number of fresh cases in a week. As per the data, a week-on-week comparison showed 13 zones in the city had a negative growth rate of fresh cases - the number of cases in these zones in the last one week was lower than in the preceding week and Royapuram alone had shown an increase of new cases at 0.7%.
In the last seven days, there has also been a significant fall in the number of active cases in the city. Overall, the active cases in Chennai have dropped from 38,680 to 24,290 and there has been a drop in all zones except Royapuram. Eight of the 15 zones have a lower growth rate than the Chennai average.
According to the civic body, the Kodambakkam zone has the maximum number of active cases at 2,155 followed by Anna Nagar with 2,013 cases as of Sunday. While Teynampet has 1,993 active cases, Adyar and Valasaravakkam zones have 1,916 and 1,787 active cases respectively. Royapuram has 1,479 active cases and on the front of recoveries, Kodambakkam has reported 48,087 recoveries followed by Teynampet with 45,477, and Adyar with 40,611.
Four zones in Chennai have reported less than 1,000 active cases. Sholinganallur has reported 967 active cases as of Sunday followed by Madhavaram with 910 cases, Thiruvottiyur with 540 cases, and Manali with 433 cases. In the total number of fatalities, Anna Nagar has reported the highest number of deaths in Chennai with 869 so far as of Sunday while Kodambakkam and Teynampet had reported 867 and 862 deaths respectively.
According to the state health department, Tamil Nadu has reported 20,421 fresh COVID-19 cases, 33,161 discharges, and 434 deaths on Sunday. Overall, the state had recorded 22,37,233 cases so far as of Sunday of which 2,44,289 are active, 19,65,939 have been discharged, and 27,005 had succumbed to the viral infection.